Built in 1995 for Royal Caribbean International, the former Splendour of the Seas - TUI Discovery - completed a £10m refurbishment at Navantia yard, Cadiz and was named Thursday evening in Palma in front of an audience of about 600 Thomson suppliers, travel agents and media.
Twin godmothers for the event were a couple of crew members - a bar waitress from the Philippines and a head waiter from east India. The after party took place on the vessel's top deck and featured music and dances from some destinations Thomson Cruises visits: France, Italy, Spain, Greece, the Caribbean and Middle East.
Headling the event was Jess Glynne, UK singer who performed with her live band in a 30-minute set which had guests dancing on the decks. During a tour of ship's key new features, Doug Glenwright, cruise customer experience lead at Thomson Cruises sais:
'The big focus on the makeover has been to provide upgrades and experiences that give guests more variety and unique choices when it comes to activities and entertainment'.
During the drydocking the ship's livery was repainted with sleek new blue wave design. The refurbishment included creating new venues like Live Room and Break Out & Escape (where up to 6 passengers are locked into a room and need to solve clues inside an hour to secure release) from scratch.
Prior to the naming ceremony md TUI UK & Ireland, Nick Longman, told guests the latest ship was just the start of a major expansion for Thomson which would see Legend of the Seas becoming TUI Discovery II (2017) followed by the addition of Mein Schiff 1 (2018) and Mein Schiff 2 (2019).